Shropshire Council

Your collection service

Please ensure that your bin can easily be moved by one hand. This is to ensure that collection crews don't have any issues emptying your bin. Overloaded bins can cause health and safety issues to the collection crew and won't be emptied.

It is the resident's responsibility to remove waste to ensure the bin can be collected on the next scheduled collection. Additional waste can be disposed of at your nearest household recycling centre.

Mixed recycling boxes or bin

Mixed recyclable items

There’s no need to separate cans, plastics and glass anymore. You can now mix them all together in your boxes or recycling bin. Please keep material loose and please don't bag your recycling.

  • Aerosols

  • Drink cans

  • Foil

  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles

  • Food tins

  • Sweet tins

  • Bottle tops

  • Metal tops

  • Glass bottles and jars

Your blue bag for recycling

Recyclable items for blue bag

The blue bag makes it easy to recycle. You can use it to collect all your cardboard and paper too, freeing up an extra box for your other recycling.

  • Magazines

  • Junk mail

  • Envelopes

  • Catalogues

  • Ready meal boxes

  • Egg boxes

  • Newspapers

  • Cardboard packaging

  • Cereal packets

Garden waste / garden & food waste

Recyclable garden and food waste icons

Depending on where you live in Shropshire, you'll receive either a garden waste collection or a combined garden waste and food waste collection. The map below shows areas covered by each service:

The reason for the different service is because currently there isn't enough treatment capacity of the type required to treat food waste from every Shropshire household. Legislation requires a more industrial type of composting if food waste collected by councils is included. We continue to work with our partner, Veolia, to increase treatment capacity, and we hope to provide a uniform service across the county as soon as we can. We'll advise all households when we can provide this service.

For tips to reduce your food waste and how to claim a discounted compost bin take a look at our reduce, reuse, recycle pages.

If you live in an area that receives a food waste collection and you haven’t got a food waste caddy please call 0345 6789007 or email

  • Grass cuttings, leaves and weeds

  • All tree, shrub and similar prunings (must be under 2 inches/5cm in diameter)

  • A small amount of shredded paper


Place batteries in a clear plastic bag and put out next to your recycling boxes on recycling day

General waste

For anything that can’t be recycled, you can still use your general waste bin. We send this waste to an Energy Recovery Facility where it is used to generate electricity.

So before you bin it, ask yourself, can it be recycled?

Remember, we don’t collect waste from the side of your bin. Make sure everything fits inside and the lid is closed.

Household Recycling Centres (HRCs)

If you have any items that are too big for the kerbside collection service, you can drop them off at your local HRC. We recycle over 30 different types of materials – everything from kettles and toasters, to car batteries, paint and cooking oil! Don’t forget, if you’re in a van – you may need a permit.

Bulky waste

Another way to recycle large, bulky items is to donate them to a local re-use shop or scheme. Or if you’d like us to pick it up, you can pay to use our bulky waste collection service. Simply call: 0345 678 9007